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Where Do We Begin?

Thank You Trash...

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Phillipians 1:3

I thank my God every time I remember you.

How do you begin to thank people for believing in a dream? How do you show gratefulness for people supporting and encouraging vision? There’s nothing tangible there. There’s no t-shirt or certificate or prize. I can only share my heart.

We have so much to be thankful for today. We are rich in blessings and have only God to thank for it all. And you.

We’re thankful for volunteers sitting around a table and asking “how is this ever going to work?” and then praying for guidance and working out details to make it work.

We’re thankful for a Board of Directors sitting in silence, presumably dumbfounded by an obstacle, only to laugh and say “We know this is going to happen, and this is how.”

We’re thankful for the Board of Directors spouses supporting the sacrificial giving of time and money their families have chosen to make to this mission.

We’re thankful for professionals in the area coming to us saying “We believe in what you are doing, we want to be apart of it and help make this dream a reality.”

We’re thankful for our sponsors saying to us “We financially support your endeavors and want to partner with you.”

We’re thankful for our supporting churches telling us “We want to grow with you and make an impact in our community for the glory of God.”

We’re thankful for all the emails, phone calls, and letters telling us to not give up and they are praying for our success.

We’re thankful for all the area service providers cheering us on and reminding us that we are a desperately needed service in St. Charles County.

We’re thankful for all of our supporters feedback to help us take more steps forward instead of backwards.

We’re thankful for our donors entrusting us with their gifts knowing that it may be awhile before we can put their generosity to use.

We’re thankful for our donors who don’t even live in the area, who may not even see the fruits of their labor, but still believe in this ministry.

We’re thankful for those volunteers who are patiently waiting on the sidelines until they see a need for their gift and talent.

We’re thankful for those volunteers who say ” I have no idea how to do that, but I’m willing to try.”

We’re thankful to all the donations of diapers, wipes, maternity clothes, and furniture.

We’re thankful for little things, like postage stamps, t-shirts, and handwritten cards.

We could write for days and days and not cover all the things you have blessed us with this year. I’m sure you gather how in debt we feel to you. Our biggest thanksgiving is just knowing you’re along for the ride, you haven’t forgotten us, and you are still pulling for this dream to become a reality.

What else can we say but, thank you.

If we have been a blessing to you we would love to know in what capacity. What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving?

 

Wow Me Wednesdays

If We All Do One Random Act of Kindness...

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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

It has a been a crazy couple of weeks around the globe wouldn’t you say? Tornado devastation, the death of Osama Bin Laden, levees being busted to save towns, the Coleman trial here in St. Louis. Not to mention daily doses of divorce, cancer, depression, family unrest. It enough to put you in the fetal position locked in your bedroom for 3days.

But even with these scary and uncertain times Good is still being accomplished. Generosity is abounding. Strangers are still producing Acts of Kindness. Grace and Love and Mercy are still being demonstrated. Laughter is still being heard and Joy is being felt.

Today for Wow Me Wednesdays I REALLY want you to share what fabulously GOOD  things you have seen or heard about that are bringing JOY, GRACE, MERCY, LOVE, KINDNESS, LAUGHTER, or GENEROSITY to your community, your church, your family, your neighborhood.

Live blessed!

Guest Post from Parent Educator Sonya Burnett

Working with teen moms is always a challenge and never dull. I enjoy seeing them become young adults and growing on the journey of parenthood. So often I see the young parents turn out fine and move on to the next stage of their life. But, sometimes there are the teens that really stand out in their struggle. These teens often need extra support. They come from abusive homes, from families that have so little to give financially or emotionally that they could use the support of a shelter. If you have worked in any helping field that deals with homelessness you know that shelters are extremely full and hard to get into. Imagine being young, pregnant and homeless, having a baby and being put out by parents that just don’t understand that you are still a teenager or realizing that you don’t want your child to witness or be a part of the abuse that you have been subjected to. Imagine being told that there is a shelter available, but you have to leave your high school, neighborhood and friends. St. Charles County needs this welcoming place for young teen moms so they can be supported in their community to become the best parents and citizens that they so want to become. I see it everyday working with teen moms in the STL metro area. Offering resources, but girls stay where they are because the change is too great so they and their babies stay in situations that are not optimal. Some teens may not need the physical building of the shelter, but may just need to know that they have a safe place to go and others like them will be there for support and to lift them up on their journey. An example of the needs I deal with frequently are transportation, emergency formula, diapers, wipes and infant toys. These young parents need the mentorship and modeling of healthy parenting so many have never seen nor have their parents. The Sparrow’s Nest can provide this. I know that Carissa and the Sparrow’s Nest Family are on a great journey to do a greatly needed service in the St. Charles community. Sonya L. Burnett, M.P.H. Certified Parent Educator for 14 years Ferguson-Florissant School District I have worked with teen parents for more than 7 years over my 14 years with the Parents as Teachers program. I thoroughly enjoy what I d

Do your expectations lead to disappointment?

What do you want for your kids? I’m sure we’ve all thought about this. We want to be happy, to be healthy, to have an education, to have somethings better and easier than we did, but other things we want them to work for it. We want them to have friends and relationships with people who love them and look out for their best interests. We want them to go to Heaven after living a full and wonderful life.

I’ve been challenged lately with the thought of wanting things for people rather than from people. I’ve never felt comfortable with the phrases of “I deserve this” or “Aren’t I entitled to this.” I’m more of the mind set “You get what you get and you don’t make a fit.” But even with that I don’t want people to feel indebted to me.

For my friends the things I want for them are simple but complicated. I want for them to go to Heaven. I want for them to feel needed, and appreciated, and loved. I want for them to serve and feel fulfilled on their chosen path.

It’s easy to want things from people. But then I think we always end up feeling jipped, or short-changed, or somehow I think our expectations will lead to disappointment.

What do you want for your children? What do you want for your friends? What do you want for yourself?

Wow Me Wednesdays

Every day is such a new day for us at The Sparrow’s Nest. Every day is a chance to learn about who we want to be and how we want to get there. We see each day almost as a young child, every experience, every opportunity builds some synapse or connection in our proverbial brain.

We have some very fun and exciting activities coming up this year. But everything needs a name! As a start up we have a chance to explore some new roads and ideas. We can really use the creativity in all of  us granted by the Holy Spirit.

Which brings me to Wow Me Wednesdays. Each Wednesday from now on we’ll give you a chance to wow us with your wisdom and wit. So let’s play a new game today. Let’s brainstorm every possible fun, innovative, creative use of this bird analogy.Titles, songs, scripture, quotes, anything goes today.  If we use part or all of you ideas on any of the projects this year we’ll give you a  FREE Sparrow’s Nest t-shirt!

Here’s a few to get you going:

1. Give flight

2. Good Egg Award

3. Hatchling, Fledgling

The Positive Effect of Negative Words

Well, it’s official. I’ve met our first naysayer. After months and months of incredibly positive encouraging and supportive words a “half empty cupper” snuck in . The gist of the conversation wasn’t even substantial but it was just those few ideas that allowed doubt to creep in and cloud my mission and goals. For the last couple of days I’ve really been trying to push those negative words away but as you can imagine sometimes those negative words have 10 times the effect of a positive word.

Despite the power of discouraging words we can still find hope in positive words. My Grammy has always made it very clear that she believes me. My entire life my Grammy spoke nothing but words of encouragement and praise. No matter what I was attempting to accomplish she always made me feel like I could do anything. I believe my grandmother followed the biblical guideline of Ephesians 4:29  “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” I experienced the same phenomenon as a student at Texas A&M. Ask any player in the Big 12 and they will agree that Kyle Field is one of the hardest stadiums to play in because of the thousands of Aggie fans chanting the same cheers of unity and perseverance and fight. Proverbs 18:21 says the tongue has the power of life and death.

When I started down this path one of the most discouraging statements I heard were from the area churches. I repeatedly heard the problem of chronic poverty, teen pregnancy, and homelessness is not one that can be solved. I fully understand that a little house hosting 8 girls is not going to solve the problem. Life is full of problems but we have to deal with them. If we aren’t careful all we will see are the problems . Paul gives us much more than a suggestion for postive Christian living in Phillipians 4:8. Through the inspired word of God I see this verse as a command for making a lasting difference in our communities. “Whatever is admirable—if any-thing is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

My naysayer’s comments were finally lifted yesterday after a brief conversation with a colleague from Thrive. She said “Someone sharing life through Christ is so needed out here. You keep on doing what you’re doing. We need you.” I think the positive effect of my naysayer’s negative words were for me to seek out positive interactions. To crave encouragement instead of wallowing in doubt.

I found this statement this morning and I hope it is an encouraging word to you. “When you wake up in the morning, ask God to help you look for and focus on the positive. Pray for this attitude throughout the day. Choose to meditate on the positive. Bring sunshine into the world.”

How will you bring sunshine into the world today?

 

 

The mission of The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home is to provide a Christ centered shelter and to educate homeless, pregnant, and parenting young women by providing a wide range of services that empower them to make a positive and healthy life decisions for themselves and their babies.